February and early March is carnival time
Bring a costume or fancy-dress and join the crowd - everyone does- dancing in the town square until the early hours after the main processions.
If you drive into carnival areas (particularly Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen), or the capital in Arrecife, parking might be restricted, congested and long queues for taxis at the end of the processions.
The order for the carnivals is usually Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise. The dates change slightly every year, see below Dates for 2010 Carnivals
MONDAY, 15th FEBRUARY 18:00h. Grand Carnival Parade. Starting at the Ciudad Deportiva and ending at the Recinto
TUESDAY, 16th FEBRUARY (Shrove Tuesday) 11.00h: Carnival of children at the Recinto Ferial, Arrecife.
WEDNESDAY, 17th FEBRUARY: 18.00h. The "Entierro de La Sardina" (The Burial of the Sardines with carnival parade and 'mourners') fireworks after the sardine is set alight on the beach!.
Puerto Del Carmen
THURSDAY, 18th FEBRUARY: 6 pm. Children´s Carnival at the Beach Avenue (opposite Mc Donald’s).
FRIDAY, 19th FEBRUARY: 8.30 pm.- Grand Gala performance by the carnival groups: “Los Gruñones” “Chimbay”, “Sur Caliente” and “Guaracheros”, at the Beach Avenue (opposite Mc Donald’s). After the performance, open-air dance by orchestras “Suso y Familia” and “Rika Banda”.
SATURDAY, 20th FEBRUARY: 5 pm.- Carnival Parade at the Beach Avenue, starting from Barcarola and ending at Fariones Playa Hotel.
9 pm.- Open-air dance by orchestras “Suso y Familia”, “Rika Banda” and “Los Conejeros”, at the Beach Avenue
FROM 27th TO 28th FEBRUARY 5 pm.- Carnival Parade
A Free Summer Library- or Biblioteca de Verano, thanks to the local authority, where you can borrow a selection of books in the English, German and Spanish languages. On the Avenida de las Playas next to the main beaches in Puerto del Carmen and at Los Chucharas in Costa Teguise.
Borrow 2 books for a week - lots of popular titles to read in the sun (or shade)!
Open 17 July - 17 September
Mon-Fri 11am -5 pm
Sat 11am - 3pm
This little chap I believe is the Atlantic Lizard and is quite abundant on the Canary islands.
I'm not sure how big they grow,this one was the largest I saw and i did see quite a few of them.
4 shorts on history of Lanzarote
The original name of Lanzarote before the Spanish consquest is Tite-Roy-Gatra, which translates as Rose-coloured-Hill.
Lancelloto Malocello, a trader who arrived on the island in 1312, is credited with making its presence known to the European powers of the time. The name Lanzarote got written on to maps after his name (lancelloto).
The original inhabitants of the Canaries are known as the Gaunches, all the islanders spoke a similar language with slight variations on each island.
The Gaunches had a hierarchy; the royal family, noblemen and the farmers at the bottom.
Canarian wrestling is great fun
Topless sun bathing is acceptable on most main beaches,but nude bathing is not,only on very secluded beaches.A favourite sport for locals ins Canarian Wrestling.Wrestlers work in teams wearing a certain type of shorts and shirt.From time to time,hotels will hold these contests so do go along to one if you get the chance..
Do like the locals do and rise early and take a kip during the day(siesta).Have a nice lunch and then sleep it off for a few hours as the locals do.
Drink your coffee black like most locals.You can have alittle milk in it for brekkie mind.Eat donuts with your coffeee for breakfast as they are delicious.